Local cyber security experts warn Ransomware attacks are not over

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Ransomware attacks like the one that took down the computer systems of 16 hospitals across the U.K. are said to be slowing down today, but cyber security experts like Sean Philips with Grey Castle security says we haven't heard the last of it.

"Today it is very possible they've written around that and if they do then we're going to have to find a whole new way to stop it," said Phillips. 

Those behind the attacks, Phillips said, would just simply need to change up the Ransomware and they could be right back at it. And the potential for real life casualties, not just deleted files, is there.

"Generally if you can take down critical infrastructure you can do some damage you could see people dying like in the U.K. if they can't get the treatment quick enough," said Phillips. 

Josephine Wolff, a public policy professor at R.I.T. focused on cyber security policy agrees.

"The reach is pretty global when you're talking about Microsoft that's everywhere, so I don't think we've seen the extent this.  It could spread with a really effective piece of malware," said Wolff.

Wolff is part of the movement now to change international rules that might prevent some of these attacks.  

"Looking forward first of all what do we do about crypto-currency like Bitcoin which are essential to being able to pull off Ransomware for profit," said Wolff. 

 

 


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